A couple of days ago, I read with enormous amusement the following article: University offers female students extra credit for not shaving their armpits.
It seems students in Arizona State University's (cough) Center for Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality Group can "receive extra credit for defying social norms and refusing to shave for 10 weeks during the semester." The students keep a journal. One young lady reported the experience to be "life changing." (I think this young lady needs a more exciting life.)
Being truly equal opportunity activists, male students can participate (by shaving "their bodies from the neck down") to become "activists" in the realm of body hair.
Just think -- parents are paying tens of thousands of dollars in tuition for this stuff. (Or students are going into debt for the same amount for these kinds if enriching activities that anyone can do for free.) According to one student, "The experience helped me better understand how pervasive gendered socialization is in our culture. Furthermore, by doing this kind of activist project I was no longer an armchair activist theorizing in the classroom. So much is learned by actually taking part in the theory or idea we learn in the classroom, and we could benefit from this type of pedagogy being taken up by similar classes." (Is that armchair activist or arm hair activist...? Just asking.)
And after graduation, this will help her get a job HOW? "Look, I haven't shaved! I recognize how pervasive gendered socialization is in our culture! I'm no longer an armchair activist! Hire me!"
(By the way, the Center for Feminist Research on Gender and Sexuality also sells "awesome menstrual activist gear" just in case your wardrobe could use some sprucing up. I would have showed a picture of the T-shirt they sell, but it's so vulgar I didn't want it to soil my blog.)
Sigh. And to think our feminine girls will be missing out on these "life changing experiences" by NOT attending such places as Arizona State University. The poor deprived things.
Which begs the question -- where DO Gender Studies majors find jobs after they graduate? Besides university Women's Studies departments or Starbucks or "pity" jobs with the government, that is? I'm quite serious -- who hires them?